Upcoming events

As the industry leader in automation software, we participate at several global events annually. Find out where we’ll be.

Advanced Process Control (APC) Conference – Tutorial Instructor and Sponsor

October 28-31, 2019 | Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel | San Antonio, Texas

"Learning to Share: Securing data access in a paranoid industry"

Karanvir Kang Doug Suerich

Co-instructors Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist & Karanvir Kang, Software Development Manager
Monday, October 28, 2019
Morning tutorial 8:00am - 12:00pm

Data lies at the very heart of APC, driving improvements across the entire manufacturing process and supply chain. Data enables run-to-run (R2R) control, fault detection and classification (FDC) and much more, including newer Smart Manufacturing initiatives like machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Access to data, both historical and real-time, is an absolute requirement before any APC efforts can even begin. However, secure data access is a serious challenge in the semiconductor industry. Many OEMs are unwilling to share data that could reveal their process secrets to other tool makers or their end customers. Fabs are reluctant to share information that could leak out to their competitors. Even fab customers have strict requirements around secrecy: no one wants an upcoming product feature to leak ahead of a planned release date.

Given these constraints to data sharing and data security, how can progress be made? How can we share data with those who need it, while protecting that same data from those who should not have access to it? In this tutorial, we will present the basics of secure data access, covering the concerns and solutions at a holistic level by considering the technologies, processes, standards, and best practices both from within semiconductor manufacturing and from other industries. In addition to examining the current state of the industry, we will look at future trends and upcoming possibilities that could be unlocked through access to more data.

This tutorial is structured so that all data users -- from novices to experts -- will benefit from a deeper understanding of how to protect the data you are already using, and how to better negotiate safe and secure access to data that might not be shared otherwise.

Register for the APC Conference.

SEMICON Europa - Booth B1744


November 12 - 15, 2019 | Messe München | Munich, Germany

“Smart Manufacturing I (Software-centric)” - Session Chair

Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold, Managing Director, PEER Group GmbH
TechARENA 1, Hall B1
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
11:30 - 13:30


SEMICON Japan - Booth 3355, West Hall 2


December 11 - 13, 2019 | Tokyo Big Sight | Tokyo, Japan

2019 past events

SEMICON Korea - Booth 804, Hall C

January 23 - 25, 2019 | COEX | Seoul, Korea

"Single Device Tracking Taskforce Updates" - Presentation

Doug Suerich

Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist
Korea I&C Committee
Room 300, Conference Room (South)
Thursday, January 24, 2019
11:10 - 11:50

SEMICON China - Booth 7139, E7


March 20 - 22, 2019 | Shanghai New International Expo Centre | Shanghai, China

"Managing Big Data for Smart Manufacturing" - Presentation

Doug Suerich

Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist
Smart Manufacturing Forum
New Tech Stage, Hall E7
Thursday, March 21, 2019
15:35 - 16:05

Big data management provides big opportunities for OEMs. All semiconductor OEMs understand the importance of data: it drives manufacturing improvements (e.g., tells you where and when to add more sensors, how to perform faster sampling, and how to integrate different sources). Collecting large data volumes (e.g., EDA data) enables deep insight into critical manufacturing process and production metrics, and opens the possibility of using advanced analytics and machine learning to speed defect analysis and reduce repair times. Join us to learn how standards-based data management solutions will enable high-speed data collection and storage, and how you can leverage best practices to take advantage of Smart Manufacturing opportunities quickly and inexpensively.

“Fast, Efficient EDA Data Collection, Storage and Retrieval” - Presentation

Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist
Presentations from PEER Group’s booth 7139, E7
Doug will present at these times:

March calandar

Learn how we can help you store 10x more data, 450x faster than with a SQL database, and use only 1/10th the database size. Typical database solutions cannot handle your big data demands. Our connectivity solutions do. We leverage time-series data collection for data that is collected sequentially (e.g., from processing equipment and sensors at time intervals). The result: significantly faster and more efficient data collection, storage and retrieval.

Advanced Process Control and Manufacturing (apc|m) Conference

apc|m Europe

April 8 - 10, 2019 | Congress Center Villach | Villach, Austria

"Cybersecurity for OEMs: protecting equipment against cyber threats" - Presentation

Doug Suerich

Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
11:00 - 13:00

Highly-automated semiconductor manufacturing relies on machine-to-machine (M2M) and machine-to-host connectivity. But, this introduces a security risk for both equipment makers and factories. A virus on a single tool could cause costly factory-wide downtime and fabs are beginning to demand that OEMs plan for long-term OS maintenance and updates to their products. OEMs are under pressure to find economical methodologies to meet these demands for entire fleets of tools. We’ll introduce a cost-efficient process for maintaining security on a tool over a multi-decade lifespan, as well as an updated philosophy for long-term tool maintenance permitting OEMs to provide the level of ongoing support demanded by fabs.

Register for apc|m at https://www.apcm-europe.eu

Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC)


May 6 - 9, 2019 | Saratoga Hilton City Center | Saratoga Springs, New York

“Machine learning for optimized scheduling in complex semiconductor equipment” – Poster session

Doug Suerich

Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist

Semiconductor cluster tools add an integral component to the modern semiconductor manufacturing process. These complex tools provide a flexible deployment option to group multiple processing steps into a single piece of equipment, allowing for more efficient processing. They also contribute to a reduction in the number of times a wafer must go through the atmospheric-vacuum-atmospheric cycle. These highly automated tools present a complex scheduling challenge where process-specific requirements are balanced against a need to achieve maximum wafer throughput in a fault-tolerant manner. Software engineers typically build schedulers using a set of manually-configured heuristics but this can be a labor-intensive process where small changes to the cluster configuration or process requirements can require large changes to the scheduler. Our motivation for this work was to investigate whether a machine learning approach to complex scheduling could be developed more efficiently and at a lower cost than existing methods.

Register for ASMC at http://www1.semi.org/en/asmc2019

Silicon Alps: Digital Dialog Day - Presentation

May 28, 2019 | Silicon Alps Cluster GmbH | Villach, Austria

Michael Arnold

Machine connectivity: The rocky road to conformance of factory requirements

Michael Arnold, Managing Director, PEER Group GmbH

Silicon Saxony Day

June 18, 2019 | Dresden International Airport | Dresden, Germany

Michael Arnold

Smart Automation Expert Session - Session Chair

Michael Arnold, Managing Director, PEER Group GmbH
10:00 - 12:00

SEMICON West - Booth 661, South Hall


July 9 - 11, 2019 | Moscone Center | San Francisco, USA

At SEMICON West, we'll be showcasing our scalable automation software solutions for your intelligent tools. Learn more.

Panel - Securing the Foundation: Building a Trusted Silicon Supply Chain

Doug Suerich

Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist
TechTALKS Stage South
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
11:25am - 12:25pm

Doug and fellow panel members will be discussing critical components to build a secure global supply chain for chip manufacturing. 

eManufacturing & Design Collaboration Symposium (eMDC) - Sponsor

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September 6, 2019 | The Ambassador Hotel Hsinchu | Hsinchu City, Taiwan

SEMI Smart Manufacturing Workshop - Premium Sponsor and Presenter

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September 12, 2019 | SEMI Global Headquarters | Milpitas, California

“Can we talk? Next-gen communication for Smart Manufacturing”

Doug Suerich

Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist
Communication Protocols and Best Practices Session
Thursday, September 12, 2019
1:40pm - 2:05pm

Register for the SEMI Smart Manufacturing Workshop.

SEMICON Taiwan - Booth K3161, 1F


September 18 - 20, 2019 | Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center | Taipei, Taiwan

"Accelerate your manufacturing with smart factory automation" - Presentation

Doug Suerich

Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist
Booth J3258, 1F, Smart Manufacturing Journey
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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